Ever since the launch of Soyuz 1 in 1967, the world has largely been reliant on Russia to get astronauts up to space stations. That's slated to change in 2017, as NASA has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to test their own updates to the space capsule.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden stated at the Kennedy Space Center that he's thankful for "the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by 2017." Bolden also notes Obama's stance on the importance of being self-sufficient in our travels to space.
Taking a look at SpaceX's capsule below will convince anyone that we're living in the future — the interior looks more like Musk's Tesla than it does Russia's Soyuz capsule.
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